Symphonic Encounters

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Sponsor - TELUS (Backstage)
Sponsor - Goldcorp (Edu)

VSO's open rehearsal program, Symphonic Encounters, takes you behind the scenes to discover what it takes for the musicians, conductors, and production team of the Vancouver Symphony to prepare for a world class concert.

In addition to the rehearsal, we also offer the following activities for you and your students:

Meet a Musician: During the break, a VSO musician will be available to answer any questions students may have about a career in music or the rehearsal process.

Orpheum Tour: A 40-minute tour of the Orpheum Theatre is available as an alternative to sitting in on the second half of the rehearsal. Space is limited, so advance booking is required.

Please note that the suggested age range for this program is from grade 6 up to adults.

2018/2019 Symphonic Encounters Dates

Please Note: We will be accepting orders paid in full, or with a non-refundable deposit of 10% from September 4, 2018Rehearsal Companions will be available online soon.

Rehearsal #1
Friday, September 28, 10am
Otto Tausk, conductor
Cedric Tiberghien, piano*

Dances of Galánta
Piano Concerto No. 3*
Symphony No. 7

Rehearsal #2
Bronfman Plays Brahms

Thursday, December 6, 10am 
Jun Märkl, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano*

R. Strauss
Piano Concerto No. 2*
Les preludes
Don Juan, Op. 20

Rehearsal #3
A Whole Lotta Shakin’: from Swing to Rock

Friday, January 11, 11am
Michael Krajewski,
Dave Bennett & Quartet

One of the all-time greats, Benny Goodman’s influence on jazz, swing, big band, and popular music was unsurpassed. Dave Bennett and his quartet perform a loving and authentic tribute to The King of Swing, in a fantastic concert that features all of Goodman’s hits, including the timeless classics Moonglow, I’ve Got Rhythm, Slipped Disc, and of course, Sing Sing Sing.

Rehearsal #4
Friday, February 1, 11am
Bramwell Tovey
, conductor
    Ariel Barnes, cello*
    Heidi Kreutzen, harp~

Kelly-Marie Murphy
Danses sacrée et profane~
En el escuro es todo uno (In the Darkness, All is One)*~
Symphony No. 6 in A major

Rehearsal #5
Friday, May 10, 10am
Otto Tausk
, conductor
Jeanette Jonquil, clarinet*
Julia Lockhart, bassoon*

R. Strauss
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod
Duet Concertino for Clarinet & Bassoon*
Romeo & Juliet Suite (Suite arranged by Otto Tausk)


Teachers please click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions about attending a rehearsal.


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